What is Zero Waste?
"Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages people to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate the trash that they send to disposal."
It's a philosophy about a circular economy, about a fight against plastic pollution. Against the quick living ignorant throw away culture without thinking about our resources, nature, wildlife and future.
Since 2008 Bea Johnson (Zero Waste Home) is showing the world how beautiful and enriching a Zero Waste Lifestyle can be. Since she launched her book more and more people are following this lead.
Everybody has their own inner driver for these changes. I am doing it because I want to have a cleaner environment and a save and clean ocean, others are doing it because they want a safer future for their kids and grand children. Others are doing it for their health....
More and more people are following this path since the plastic trash gets visible more and more, getting washed onshore on every beach on the world.
Since plastic recycling is not the solution because most plastic trash can't even get recycled, even more people get aware and want to fight against this issue.
The solution to produce less or even no trash seems to be the only thing an individual can do if the governments don't do anything or just change laws too slow.
It's kind of a daily form of protest!
Does Zero Waste actually mean Zero Waste?
Zero Waste doesn't mean you will actually have totally Zero Waste. It's not that easy nowadays.
You can only control a few things and that's what YOU buy. You cannot control how the things get delivered to stores or restaurants. That said even if you don't make any trash at home you will if you go out for food or drinks because the coffee shops produces trash, the restaurant produces trash.
So you need to concentrate on what you can actually control.
The R´s of the Zero Waste Movement are a great mantra to remember:
Refuse: Refuse what you can. (Refuse the free advertising mail or products people want to give you. Refuse the single use coffee cup, plate and cutlery. Refuse the single use plastic straw in your drink. Etc.)
Reduce: Reduce what you have. You'll most likely have too many things in your house that you don't even need or haven't touched since years. Donate them, sell them, give them to people who need and will use them.
Reuse: Reuse what you already have before you buy new(jar's, container, cutlery, bags, old fabrics).
Repair: Repair what you can. If you can repair something, repair before you buy new. If you can't repair it yourself, bring it to somebody who can, or give it to somebody who's happy repair and then use himself.
Recycle: Recycle what you can't refuse. If you can't find something package free, buy it in a packaging you definitely can recycle easily. (Glass, Paper and aluminium has a much better recycling quote than plastic.)
Rot: Compost the rest. You can compost your veggie and fruit peels, food scraps (if you have any at all. Normally eatable food should always get eaten.) you can compost q-tips with a paper shaft, bamboo toothbrushes, even paper scraps and food soiled pizza cartons, you can compost paper napkins and even 100% cotton undies. If your city doesn't provide a compost, you could get one for your own garden or even an indoor compost.
If you focus on these 5 R´s you will be on a great way to a Zero Waste Lifestyle.
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Hi my name is Jule
I am a nature and ocean lover. A passionate runner and minimalistic traveller. On this blog I share my experiences, thoughts and ideas about the "sustainable lifestyle" and how you can stick to this while traveling.
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